CBE 30385/CBE 30386: Introduction to Bioengineering
The fundamental principles of mass, energy, charge and momentum conservation are introduced in the form of algebraic and differential conservation equations. These are applied to engineering problems drawn from human health and other biological systems. The focus of this course is on the integration of biology and engineering principles.
This course is roughly divided into two parts. In the first half we cover principles of cell and developmental biology that guide and inspire current approaches in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. We investigate examples of studies that employ computational and quantitative analyses of biological processes such as cell-cell signaling and morphogenesis. During the second half, we cover techniques involved in cultivating cells for applications in recombinant protein production as well as the design of artificial organs and regenerative therapeutics.